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The biography and position statement for the 2014 IEEE Vice President, Publication Services and Products, is listed below.


Gianluca Setti

Gianluca Setti for IEEE VP PSP

Gianluca Setti received a Dr. Eng. degree (honors) and a Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bologna, in 1992 and in 1997. Since 1997 he has been with the School of Engineering, University of Ferrara, Italy, where he is a Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He held several positions as Visiting Professor/Scientist at EPFL (2002, 2005), UCSD (2004), IBM (2004, 2007) and at the University of Washington (2008, 2010). He is also a permanent faculty member of ARCES, University of Bologna (2001-now). He co-authored three books, 12 book chapters and over 200 journal papers and conference contributions. Dr. Setti is (co)recipient of the IEEE CAS Society Darlington Award (2004), Guillemin-Cauer Award (2013), Meritorious Service Award (2013), the best paper award at ECCTD (2006), best student paper award at EMCZurich (2005) and ISCAS (2011), Best Italian Ph.D. Thesis Award in Neural Networks (1997). He is an IEEE Fellow.      
Activities| Committees/Boards:
  • Technical Activities Board (TAB): Voting Member, 2010
  • TAB Periodical Committee (TAB-PC): Member, 2011-2012
  • TAB Periodical Review and Advisory Committee (PRAC): Member 2011-2012;
  • PSPB Strategic Planning Committee (PSPB-SPC): Member, 2011 and 2013, PSPB Strategic Planning Committee: Chair, 2012
  • THE INSTITUTE Editorial Advisory Board: Member, 2011
  • PSPB: Voting Member, 2011-2012
  • PSPB: Chair, 2013 
Activities| Sections/Chapters:
  • North Italy Chapter, CAS Society: Vice Chair, 2001-2008  
Activities| Societies:
Circuits and Systems Society (CASS):
  • Past President, 2011; President, 2010; President-Elect, 2009;
  • Award Committee: Chair, 2011;
  • Nomination Committee: Chair 2012;
  • Regional Activity Division: Chair, 2009;
  • Long Term Strategic Committee: Chair, 2006, Member, 2005, 2007-2008, 2011;
  • Board of Governors (BoG): Elected Member, 2005-07, Re-elected for a second term, 2008-2010;
  • Constitution & Bylaws Committee: Member, 2011-2012
  • CASS Best Paper Award Evaluation Committee Member, 2006-2009
  • IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems – Part I, Regular Papers: Editor-in-Chief, 2008-2009; Associate Editor, 1999-2004
  • IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems – Part II, Express Briefs: Editor-in-Chief, 2006-2007; Associate Editor, 2004-2005
  • IEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine: Deputy-Editor-in-Chief, 2004-2007
  • IEEE CASS Distinguished Lecturer, 2004-2005
  • Technical Committee on Nonlinear CAS: Chair, 2002; Chair Elect; 2001; Secretary, 2000
Activities| Conferences:
IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS)
  • Technical Program Co-Chair, 2007-2008
  • Special Sessions Co-Chair, 2005-2006
  • Chair, Track on Nonlinear CAS, 2004
  • Member, Technical Program Committee, 2000-2012. IEEE International Special Workshop on Nonlinear Dynamics of Electronics Systems (NDES)
  • Technical Program Chair, 2000, Member
  • Technical Program Committee, 2000-2004. IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits, and Systems (ICECS)
  • Technical Program Co-Chair, 2012
  • Member, Technical Program Committee: 2011. IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BIOCAS)
  • Technical Program Co-Chai,r 2013.IEEE/IEICE International Symposium on Nonlinear Theory and its Applications (NOLTA)
  • General Chair, 2006
  • Member, Steering Committee: 2004-2012. European Conference on Circuit Theory and Design (ECCTD)
  • Member, Technical Program Committee, 2003-2013. IEEE Asia Pacific Conference on Circuits and Systems (APCAS)
  • Member, Technical Program Committee, 2008. IEEE Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWCAS)
  • Member, Technical Program Committee, 2011
Activities| Other:
  • Proceedings of the IEEE: Guest Editor, Special issue on “Applications of Nonlinear Dynamics to Electronic and Information Engineering”, May 2002.
  • IEICE Transactions on Fundamentals: Guest Editor, Special Section on Multi-dimensional Mobile Information Networks”, July 2006, Special Section on “Nonlinear Theory and its Applications”, September 2007;
  • Associate Guest Editor, Special Section on “Nonlinear Theory and its Applications”, September 2005, 2006 and 2007.
  • IEEE Access: Editor 2013
  • IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems (JETCAS), Guest Editor, Special Issue on “Circuits, Systems and Algorithms for Compressive Sensing,”, September 2012
  • Awards: IEEE Fellow, 2006; -IEEE CAS Society Guillemin-Cauer Award, 2013;-IEEE CAS Society Meritorious Service Award, 2013;-IEEE CAS Society Darlington Award, 2004; -best paper Award ECCTD, 2006; -best student paper award EMCZurich, 2005; and ISCAS, 2011; -best Italian Ph.D. Thesis Award in the area of Neural Networks, 1997.
Major Accomplishments:
Referring in particular to the activities related to publications and conferences:
1) Founder of the IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Areas in Circuits and Systems (JETCAS) which has been launched in 2011. This journal fulfilled CASS’s strategic goal of maintaining its long-lasting tradition in community building in new and emerging areas. On-line access to JETCAS will be offered as a benefit to all CASS members (
2) as EIC of TCAS-I (2008-2009) and as EIC of TCAS-II (2006-2007), Gianluca Setti reduced the average first decision time to less than 68 and 60 days, respectively (representing a threefold improvement over previous decision times), while the average submission to publication time was decreased to less than eight and seven months. At the same time, he was able to improve the overall reputation and journal quality, indicated by the all-time highs of TCAS-II Impact Factor in 2007 and of TCAS-I in 2008. He also introduced a greatly improved version of the web review system interface for all CAS Society journals, which was instrumental in achieving the above mentioned results. He also strengthen the collaboration with journals of “sister” societies, with particular emphasis on the IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits, with which TCAS-I has now an yearly joint special section as a follow-up of the CICC conference.
3). As Technical Program Co-Chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS, CASS flagship conference) in 2007 and 2008 Gianluca Setti was instrumental in assuring a continuation in the trend of improvement of the technical quality of the conference, which resulted in an acceptance rate of about 43% over approximately 2000 submissions. Furthermore, during his Presidency of CASS, he was able to have approved a five-year contract for the ISCAS paper selection software, thus providing more continuity to the conference.
4). As 2010 President of the CAS Society, he implemented an extension of the CASS President’s term to two years (starting in 2012), to give more continuity to the activities undertaken by the society, and additionally led an overall restructuring (starting in 2011) of the CASS regional and membership activity, to guarantee a more efficient use of the funds in generating services for the members.
5) As 2012 Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of PSPB, he was the leading author in preparing an educational white paper on bibliometrics with the goals of a) explaining the features and limitations of numerous bibliometric indices, including the Impact Factor and multiple indicators which have been proposed to address its flaws, and b) educating the entire IEEE community on the correct use of bibliometric indicators to prevent their misuse. Furthermore, as 2013 Chair of PSPB he has been instrumental in adopting the decision to include in IEEEXplore both the indication, for each individual paper, of “article level metrics” (ALMs) (such as the number of downloads and views as well as the number of citations obtained by several data-bases such as WoS, Scopus, PubMed, Google Scholar, etc., or the number of inclusions in scientific social networks, such as f.i. Zotero) and of the Eigenfactor and Article Influence score in addition to the IF to the home page of each journal. This will greatly contribute to give to authors/readers a much more precise evaluation of the impact of a journal or of a single article.
Gianluca Setti has a long history as a volunteer for multiple IEEE publications (including seven years as an Associate Editor, serving as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief for an IEEE magazine, the EIC for two different IEEE Transactions, as well as the Guest Editor for both the Proceedings of the IEEE and for the IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems. Most recently, he served as member of the editorial board of IEEE Access) and conferences (Technical Program co-chair of ISCAS for 2 years and member of the TP Committee of eight different IEEE conferences for more than 12 years).
These roles gave him significant experience on both existing procedures and best practices for improving the status and the technical quality of journals and conferences (e.g., as EIC of TCAS-I and TCAS-II he significantly decreased the paper review turnaround time to a value less that 50% with respect to the past, as well as the submission-to-publication delay), which can be leveraged strongly within PSPB.
More recently, his activities have familiarized him with IEEE procedures and structures, especially related to publications and products. His work as proponent of a new IEEE periodical (IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Areas in Circuits and Systems) and a new IEEE Product (IEEE Virtual Journal on Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits, which is co-sponsored by CASS, SSCS, MTTS and APS, and proposes an electronic selection, commented by experts, of the best publications in the area of RFIC).
His participation as a member of the TAB Periodical Committee, Periodical Review and Advisory Committee (PRAC), PSPB and PSPB Strategic Planning Committee (also as chair for the latter in 2012), as well as the Chair of PSPB in 2013. His knowledge of these procedures and the synergy of the activities of these committees can be leveraged in expediting improvements, innovations, and new initiatives in continuing his activities as PSPB Chair in 2014, if elected.Furthermore, he is also well versed in “non-standard” information dissemination, since he has worked in the development of both the CASS electronic Newsletters and, more recently, in the design of the new CASS website.
Finally, he was recently actively involved in the Research Evaluation Exercise of Italian Universities (VQR), which allowed him to deepen his knowledge and understanding of bibliometric measures. This knowledge has already been instrumental in preparing, as Chair of the 2012 PSPB-SPC, a white paper on bibliometrics, intended for use in educating the IEEE community on the proper use of the most widely used bibliometric indicators. This task has just began in 2013 and will be a project with both short- and long-term components, spanning 2014 and beyond.
Position Statement:

IEEE publications, conference and products tremendously impact the scientific and practitioner communities. Our services, however, may be improved in several ways:

  1. IEEE journals are world leaders, and publishing in our top ranked journals is becoming important to the career of every scientist. The use of appropriate bibliometric “quality factors” to establish a reliable journal ranking is therefore of paramount importance. Because the well-known IF has flaws related to its definition and can easily be artificially inflated by improper editorial practice (e.g., [1]), I have initiated, as chair of PSPB-SPC (2012) and PSPB (2013) active promotion of better indicators (e.g., Eigenfactor and Article Influence) to move toward more reliable quality rankings of scientific publications. Educating the IEEE community on this issue has just begun at the 2013 PoE and requires a substantial effort in 2014, since the community includes not only EiCs but also authors, reviewers, readers, and members. If elected, I plan not only to institutionalize a module on bibliometrics at PoE, but also to help spreading this information at a much more capillary level and to finalize an IEEE official position statement on the proper use of bibliometrics to help containing its increasingly widespread misuse in evaluation of scientists for hiring, tenure, promotion, or even to predict their probability of having a successful career [2];
  2. The acquisition by Elsevier of both Mendely™ and Papers™, two of the most widespread scientific social networking tools, highlights the clear intention by competitors of integrating social networking and collaboration tools with information discovery platforms. The aim is twofold. First, provide users with a single integrated experience covering creation, use and sharing of knowledge, thus increasing their efficiency. Second, exploit the “gold mine” of data produced by scientific “crowd-sourced collaboration” within such a network, creating a) opportunities for a better user experience (who could be given f.i. further reading material, or even suggested collaborators) and b) the ability to profile users’ use and needs, thereby driving creation of targeted new products and information curation. IEEE must follow such a direction creating the next generation of IEEEXplore, which should integrate a well-developed collaboration and social networking tool with manuscript submission and information discovery. IEEE has already made an important step in this direction with the conversion into XML of Xplore content which will allow fine-tagging of content and therefore new ways to curate and offer the information, but IEEE must act quickly to avoid losing too much ground to its competitors.3) The US Office of Science and Technology Policy on 22-4-2013 issued a directive to US government agencies that they must develop plans to provide public access to journal articles that result from federal research grants. This, combined with the proliferation of aggressive Open Access publishers had the potential of being overwhelmingly disruptive. As such, the IEEE must develop new business models for both publications and information curation products to maintain both its level of members services and its role as leader in the publication of scientific content.

[1] DOI:10.1126/science.1212540
[2] DOI:10.1038/489201a


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